JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton-Montgomery Community College softball team has been taking strides forward over the past couple of seasons. Now the Lady Raiders are looking to continue the trend.
The Lady Raiders battled their way to a 14-14 overall record last season, but came up short in their bid to qualify for regional postseason play.
Graduation took its toll on the team as seven players, including pitchers Aimee Reksc and Stephanie Page, catcher Maggie Mulligan, third baseman Kat Bant, shortstop Sam Manoogian, first baseman Sam Lysiak and left fielder Liz Perkins moved on.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College catcher Liz Perkins tags out Mohawk Valley Community College’s Brittany Barrett at the plate during the second game of an April 10, 2012, doubleheader at FMCC. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
However, third-year Lady Raiders coach Dan Towne has a positive outlook for the 2013 team.
"The team should continue to improve as the season rolls on," Towne said. "They are a good group that seems to work well with each other."
Emily Bradt and Amanda DeJesus return to the diamond for FMCC this season.
FMCC Softball Schedule
March 28Columbia-Greene CC3 p.m.
April 4at Broome CC3 p.m.
April 8Onondaga CC1 p.m.
April 9at Mohawk Valley CC3 p.m.
April 11at Adirondack CC4 p.m.
April 14at North Country CC1 p.m.
April 16at Clinton CC3 p.m.
April 20at Jefferson CC1 p.m.
April 21SUNY Delhi CC1 p.m.
April 23at Tomkins-Cortland CC3 p.m.
April 25Hudson Valley CC3 p.m.
April 27Finger Lakes CC1 p.m.
April 28Corning CCNoon
April 30Herkimer CC3 p.m.
They are joined on the roster by Francesca Robinson, Gillian Holland, Brittany Keator, Alix Ozga, Cari Cetone and Jen Rymer.
Also vying for spots in the Lady Raiders' starting lineup are Angelica Perez, Christie Santana, Isamar Fernandez, Luisa Mendez, Yahira Van Bellan and Yelsie Nunez.
Towne is assisted in the dugout by Meghan Power.
"They have practiced well, so once they get some game experience together, they will be just fine," Towne said.
The Lady Raiders were scheduled to open their season at home today; however, due to unplayable field conditions, the Mountain Valley?Conference doubleheader with Herkimer Community College has been moved to April 30.